In Hollywood, movie relaunches and reboots have become hugely popular. Now, Microgaming seems to be taking its cue from Tinseltown, and releasing some of its most successful online slots titles. Break Away, which was first rolled out in 2012, is the latest to get this treatment. Fans are looking forward to Break Away Deluxe, which is due to drop at Lucky Nugget on 23 July, and their anticipation grows with every passing day!
Microgaming Never Disappoints
Microgaming is renowned for pretty much all of the online slots currently in its library of 500+ titles, but that doesn’t mean this innovative developer is content to sit back on its laurels. Instead they turn out new desktop and mobile casino games on a monthly basis, and slots are the most common releases. Since the graphics, design, functionality and payouts are always exceptional, this is no bad thing!
Working with Stormcraft Studios
Here’s why Microgaming has been the leader of the casino software industry for over two decades: they are always looking to the future. That’s why they were chosen to power Lucky Nugget mobile Casino, and why they’ve launched a mentoring-type programme, where they collaborate with independent developers.
In this case, the proverbial young grasshopper is Stormcraft Studios. They’ve been involved in other online slots collaborations with Microgaming, including the successful revamp of Agent Jane Blonde (Agent Jane Blonde Returns) so they were the obvious choice.
New, Improved Way to Break Away
The 2012 Break Away desktop and mobile casino games are still great to play, it’s just that the 2019 relaunches are even better! The basic Ice Hockey theme stays the same, but the graphics are even crisper and more detailed now.
Interestingly, it seems like the game basics in Break Away Deluxe have been kept quite simple to allow the special features to really shine through. In the original title the 243 Ways to Win pay structure, which was first introduced to online slots by Microgaming, was used but the Deluxe version returns to conventional paylines.
You can choose to activate 18, 38, 68 or – if you really feel like an adrenaline rush! – as many as 88 paylines in this online slot. The high-volatility game has a theoretical Return to Player Percentage of 96.88%, and a betting range of 0.18 to 44 per spin. In comparison, 2012’s Break Away had a return rate of 96.29% and you could bet 0.01 to 50 coins on each spin.
Fantastic Special Features
If players were blown away by the looks and special features in the original Break Away, they will be even more impressed with Break Away Deluxe. Adrenaline-pumping background music will put them into the spinning and winning mood immediately, and the icons on the reels will go a long way to helping with that too.
You’ll see a host of players along with skates, helmets, referees and rinks in this online slots masterpiece. One of Stormcraft Studios’ biggest priorities with this release was to make it 100% compatible with smartphones and tablets. The mobile casino games work perfectly with the processing capabilities and screen sizes of all devices, so you can enjoy them anytime and anywhere.
The Break Away Deluxe logo is the Wild Symbol, and the Scatter is represented by – naturally enough – an Ice Hockey puck. These symbols both function as they usually do in online slots, meaning that the Wild can replace any regular icon to make up paying combinations and that the Scatter triggers a Free Spins Bonus Round whenever it appears at least 3 times.
However, because this is a Microgaming relaunch, done in collaboration with an innovative start-up company to boot, you can expect a lot more than that. Extra features in the 3-row, 5—reel game include Growing Wilds™, Smashing Wilds™, Rolling Reels™ and a Multiplier Trail.
Unpacking the Special Features
What all Break Away Deluxe’s extra features have in common is that they make playing even more lucrative. Growing Wilds™ adds another symbol to a stack of Wilds on each spin, while Smashing Wilds™ are triggered randomly and show skaters moving across the screen to turn Reel 2, 3 or 4 totally Wild.
The Multiplier Trail is active during the Bonus Round of Free Spins and increases the total payout multiplier by 1 with every consecutive win, up to 8x. With Rolling Reels, all symbols involved in a paying spin are cleared to make room for new ones, which seriously boosts your winning chances.